Adam Silver would like to see more female officials and coaches in the NBA down the road, a league that’s mostly comprised of men today, according to NBC Sports. Silver made his comments in an appearance for The Economic Club in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
“It’s an area, frankly, where I’ve acknowledged that I’m not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long. Because it’s an area of the game where physically, certainly, there’s no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing,” Silver said.
“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league,” he said. “Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”
In 72 years of being active, the NBA has never had a female head coach. On the plus side, Kelly Krauskopf became the first female assistant general manager in league history this season, joining the Pacers in early-January.
Among the most influential female figures in the league is current Spurs assistant Becky Hammon. Hammon was the first full-time assistant coach in NBA history, originally heading to Gregg Popovich‘s staff in 2014.
Here are some other odds and ends around the basketball world today:
- Should the NBA abandon the one-and-done rule by 2022, two names to remember are Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, Adam Zagoria of Forbes writes. Both players are among the top players in the class of 2022, with the NBA continuing to discuss how to remove this rule and allow prospects to declare for the draft after high school. “There are a bunch of issues that need to be worked through between us and the players association, so it’s something we’re in active discussions about,” Adam Silver said this week, according to Rick Maese of the Washington Post. “It’s a few years away, I think.”
- Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic takes an in-depth look at whether it’s possible for the NBA Draft Lottery to be rigged. The lottery will take place this Tuesday, May 14 in Chicago, with the Cavaliers, Knicks and Suns all having a 14% chance at landing the No. 1 pick.
- Kiki VanDeWeghe discussed his viewpoint of the behind-the-scenes draft lottery with Marc Berman of the New York Post. VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s VP of basketball operations, will moderate the actual ping pong ball drawing for the sixth consecutive season on Tuesday. “This is part of my job. I can tell everybody that every assurance is taken that it’s random,” VanDeWeghe said to those who believe the process could be fixed. “Knowing the process very well after three years, there’s no question in my mind.”